Kapfenberg / Vienna, 4 May 2012 – The earthDATAsafe computer centre of Kapsch BusinessCom is home to IT infrastructure for the most advanced cloud solutions. The servers are located in an extensive system of underground tunnels amidst stringent security, and protected against unauthorized access as well as electromagnetic disruptions and power failures. The security of the location and the environment is particularly crucial for private cloud solutions. By outsourcing IT processes, companies benefit not just from flexible IT costs that are adjusted to meet demands, but also from the custom-designed security concept for software and hardware in the computer centre that protects sensitive corporate data.
"Companies want to keep their IT costs flexible and additional attach increasing importance to the security of their confidential corporate information," explains Jochen Borenich, COO of Kapsch BusinessCom. "Just now, up to 75 percent of the hardware operated by companies themselves does not run at full capacity because they are always designed for peak demand. Cloud solutions enable business applications to access a hardware pool, which means the required services and capacities can be used in a versatile manner. With Kapsch there is the added benefit of having the entire IT infrastructure for these cloud solutions housed in the middle of a mountain in Styria, Austria, offering the utmost in protection."
earthDATAsafe: the securest computer centre in Austria
Deep under tons of rock in Kapfenberg is where Kapsch BusinessCom operates earthDATAsafe, its high-security computer centre. 320 meters into the mountain and protected by up to 150 meters of rock in a complex system
of tunnels is where we find the heart of Kapsch's cloud solutions: the technical infrastructure. earthDATAsafe stretches out over 4,000 m² with 900 m of tunnels and eight security zones. Only a few authorized personnel have access.
A specially designed multi-level concept ensures the security of the computer center and the data saved there. This includes custom access control, monitoring and fire protection systems as well as a separate energy supply and air-conditioning. The software for this infrastructure is also protected by round-the-clock monitoring of the firewall, security software and other protection components. Its location under the mountain means that Kapsch's earthDATAsafe is protected against electromagnetic disruptions. The connection to the energy supply and the data network is fully redundant and guarantees that the system is protected against power failures and disruptions.
Consult, Integrate, Operate: cloud solutions from Kapsch
For Kapsch, each IT outsourcing process starts with an analysis of existing ICT structures, moving on to solution planning and integration, the takeover and management of solutions and the provision of the ICT services required. This integral approach offers crucial advantages with data security and availability. Including all services and security aspects, Kapsch provides public cloud solutions with partners such as Google or Microsoft as well as solutions for private clouds or for customized mixes of the two: hybrid clouds. As a "trusted advisor" independent of manufacturers, Kapsch is able to input experience and know-how from successful outsourcing projects in the past. Clients that have already placed their faith in Kapsch's earthDATAsafe for their long-term IT management include Payment Services Austria GmbH (PSA) and Österreichische Volksbanken AG (ÖVAG).
Kapsch BusinessCom – a company of the Kapsch Group – is a leading ICT service partner in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe with over 1,200 employees and annual sales exceeding 230 million euros. Embedded in the Kapsch Group, Kapsch BusinessCom is active worldwide with its own offices in Austria and subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Poland. Kapsch has positioned itself as an ICT service partner offering a complete solution portfolio covering the areas of information technology as well as telecommunications. In addition to system integration and continuous optimization measures, Kapsch BusinessCom is increasingly taking on responsibility for the entire area of operations. Kapsch BusinessCom relies on manufacturer independence and partnerships with globally leading technology providers, such as Apple, Aastra, Avaya, Cisco, Google, Hitachi, HP and Microsoft. In concert with these partners Kapsch offers its services as a consultant, system supplier and service provider, but above all as a reliable, dependable, long-term trusted advisor in a rapidly changing technological environment. Kapsch BusinessCom always generates clear added value for its over 17,000 customers.
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